Logos 2013

Theorizing about God—Realism in Theology

May 9-11, 2013 at the University of Notre Dame

Theological realism is a hot topic nowadays, and is interestingly related to issues about religious pluralism. These debates bear obvious connections to debates about realism and anti-realism in science, as well as to issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of language about ontological commitment and related topics, and with the theological literature on the nature of doctrine. These are the sorts of issues that were in focus at this workshop.

Thursday, May 9

11:10am - 12:30pm     Trent Dougherty – Baylor University
“Apophatic Antirealism”

  • Commentator: Jonathan D. Jacobs – Saint Louis University
  • Chair: Alicia Finch – Northern Illinois University

2:00pm - 3:20pm         Christopher Insole – Durham University
“Philosophical Theology without Italics: why the Realism/Anti-Realism Distinction does (and does not) matter.”

  • Commentator: Amber Griffioen – Universität Konstanz
  • Chair: Kevin Vanhoozer – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

3:30pm - 4:50pm         William Wood – University of Oxford
“Analytic Theology and the Academic Study of Religion”

  • Commentator: Edwin Chr. van Driel – Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Chair: Erin Kidd – Marquette University

Friday, May 10

9:40am – 11:00am       Kevin Hector – University of Chicago
“The Theological Dimension of Theological Realism”

  • Commentator: Meghan Sullivan – University of Notre Dame
  • Chair: Marilyn McCord Adams – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Australian Catholic University

11:10am - 12:30pm     Laura W. Ekstrom – College of William and Mary
“Religion On the Cheap”

  • Commentator: Pamela Anderson – University of Oxford
  • Chair: Daniel Weiss – University of Cambridge

2:00pm - 3:20pm         Victoria Harrison – University of Glasgow
“Mapping the Theological and the Mathematical Domains”

  • Commentator: Anna Ijjas – Harvard University
  • Chair: Oliver Crisp – Fuller Theological Seminary

3:30pm - 4:50pm         David Brown – University of St. Andrews
“Realism and Religious Experience”

  • Commentator: Sameer Yadav – Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Chair: Elizabeth Miller – Harvard University

7:00pm            Christina Van Dyke – Calvin College
"You Can't Handle the Truth: Realism and the Beatific Vision"

  • Chair: Hud Hudson – Western Washington University

Saturday, May 11

10:00am - 11:20am     John Keller – Niagara University
“Theological Anti-Realism”

  • Commentator: Neal Judisch – University of Oklahoma
  • Chair: Randal Rauser – Taylor Seminary

11:30am - 12:50pm     Andrew Moore – University of Oxford
 “Doctrine, Truth and Realism in the Church Fathers and Today”

  • Commentator: Carl Mosser – Eastern University
  • Chair: Andrea White – Emory University, Candler School of Theology

2:40pm - 4:00pm         Caleb Cohoe – Metropolitan State University of Denver
“Theological Realism and the Pessimistic Induction”

  • Commentator: Blake Roeber – University of Notre Dame
  • Chair: Leigh Vicens – Augustana College